University at Albany

Excellence in Research

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Four faculty members received this tribute in 2005 for Excellence in Research.

Ronald ToselandRonald ToselandSocial Work

Ronald Toseland, professor in the University's School of Social Work since 1979 and director of the Ringel Institute of Gerontology since 1990, has a compelling and sustained research record, both as a scholar and methodologist.

An internationally recognized gerontologist, Toseland's research has been funded regularly by the National Institutes of Health as well as by various other state and federal funding sources and foundations. He has applied 20 years of concentrated interdisciplinary research principally to two areas: social work practice with groups; and effective interventions for problems faced by older persons - including dementia, multiple chronic health problems and the physical and emotional demands of providing care for an ill family member.

Throughout his research career, he has sustained and developed his interests in social group interventions and social services to elderly people and their families, and consistently produced research relevant to the delivery of social services and to clinical work with older adults. His work squarely addressees the gap between research findings and their practical application toward providing effective and efficient social and health care services to older persons. He also is one of the only researchers who has studied and integrated the role of professional social services and self-help initiatives in serving the elderly, receiving in 1986 an "investigator initiated award" from the National Institutes of Mental Health for comprehensive work in that area.

Today, within the field of social work, Toseland is recognized as one of the two most important contributors to empirical knowledge about group work. He is a member of the editorial boards of several prestigious social work and social science journals, and also serves on the highly selective research advisory board of the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research.

Excellence in Research

Deepak Kapur Stewart Tolnay Ronald Toseland Cathy Spatz Widom
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